Essay on How Graphic Design Styles Influenced By The Past

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Graphic design styles are greatly influenced by the past. Production methods such as silkscreen printing have been revisited and adapted many times since being created. This technique was popularized almost a century ago and since then, has been explored by both designers and artists. Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein both began screen-printing in the 1960s and heavily influenced the popularity of the printing method in both art and design. It has a unique style that also influences modern graphic design. Because designers reflect on the works of earlier artists and designers for inspiration, the influence of screen-printing can still be seen in many places today.
Origination and Early American Screen-Printing Simple silk screen methods were used as early as 960AD in China, but the current method wasn’t patented until the early 19th century by the Englishman Samuel Simon (A Brief History Of Screen Printing). A screen-print is achieved when ink is pushed through the screen with a squeegee and the ink is transferred onto the paper that sits beneath the screen. The stencil is either printed on the screen itself or attached to it, making ink transfer only in the desired areas. There are many different materials that can be used, but all systems work with the same basic technique (Rugolo).

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